Secondary Victims of Sexual Assault

Information for Partners, Friends, & Family of the Survivor

You are a secondary survivor if a friend, partner, girl/boyfriend, mother, sister, child, or anyone you are close to is a survivor of sexual assault or physical/emotional abuse. Even if the assault/abuse happened a long time ago, you may be the first person they have told and your reaction can have a big impact on the rest of the recovery process.

Often the secondary survivors go through many of the same feelings that the survivor experiences. You may feel powerless, guilty, shocked, angry, or scared.